8:00

Registration and coffee

8:40

Welcome from the morning Chair

Jack Horgan-Jones

Jack Horgan-Jones

Business Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post

8:45

OPENING ADDRESS: Tomorrow’s scenarios as we plan for our energy future

Seán Canney

Seán Canney

T.D, Minister of State, Department of Rural and Community Development and Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Grid Architecture: How Smart Networks should evolve

9:05

OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Digital grids and markets – the impact of emerging and disruptive technologies

  • How will blockchain effect the energy market?
  • Interoperability
  • Developments in big data and smart network development
Laurent Schmitt

Laurent Schmitt

Secretary General, European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)

9:30

Electricity System Investment in Ireland, 2021 – 2025

In 2019 the Irish electricity system operators are preparing their investment and operational plans for 2021 – 2025, to secure regulatory and funding approval in the Price Review 5 (PR5) process. 2021 – 2025 will see the electricity system adapted to support rapidly changing energy use in Ireland, in innovative and effective ways. Our speaker will speak about how ESB Networks’ system development plans address this, considering the Clean Energy Package and 2030 targets, resilience and climate adaptation, and enabling the electrification of heat and transport. She will also speak on ESB Networks’ campaign to involve all Irish electricity customers developing in their 2021 – 2025 proposals.

Ellen Diskin

Ellen Diskin

PR5 Project Manager, ESB Networks

9:50

PANEL DISCUSSION: Perspectives on the future of Ireland’s energy system and the future of digitisation

  • Utilising digitalisation to support existing business models, enabling new services and driving innovation and collaboration
  • How can the industry collaborate to avoid extensive, complex and costly validation and certification processes which can hinder progress?
  • What does the future hold for the energy workforce?
  • How do we move the implementation of emerging technologies forward?
  • How regulation can be a ‘win win’ for stakeholders
Mark Foley

Mark Foley

Chief Executive, EirGrid

Bill Sadlier

Bill Sadlier

Senior Investment Manager, NTR

John Mullins

John Mullins

Chief Executive Amarenco

10:35

Morning Break

11:00

Unlocking flexibility: Energy systems integration

Professor Mark O’Malley

Professor Mark O’Malley

Professor Mark O’Malley, Department of Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin and Senior Research Fellow, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA

Energy transition: decarbonising electricity

11:25

Transitioning to a lower carbon economy: The National Mitigation Plan and strategies to address emission heating and transport

Brian Carroll

Brian Carroll

Assistant Secretary, Environment and Climate Action, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

11:45

PANEL DISCUSSION:  How will and should Ireland adapt to the monumental change taking place in the energy sector?

Spurred on by the crisis that is being caused by climate change, the world’s global energy market is undergoing unprecedented upheaval. And, the pace of transition will only get faster. A new disrupted and digital model will take root, where smart communities and tech-savvy consumers become ‘energy players’ and not just customers. Decentralisation will mean locally-based energy networks will become ‘the new normal’, enabling easy delivery of locally-produced energy to the grid. The next 10 years will see change that we probably can’t imagine. How will Ireland’s energy sector adapt and how can we be an integral part of the transition?

Emeka Chukwureh

Emeka Chukwureh

Energy Markets Programme Manager Enel X

 Jim Gannon

Jim Gannon

Chief Executive, SEAI (Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland)

Andy Kelly

Andy Kelly

Principle Consultant, Poyry

12:30

Renewable heat for industry, transport and agribusiness

Ian Kilgallon

Ian Kilgallon

Business Development and Innovation Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

12:50

Lunch

Customer issues: energy efficiency, demand response, aggregation, Big Data

1:55

Welcome back from the chair

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan

Assistant Professor, Energy Economics, Department of Economics, University College Dublin

2:00

UK CASE STUDY:  Electricity storage in Great Britain: The final revolution of the smart network

Kieran Coughlan

Kieran Coughlan

Senior Manager – Asset Management, UK Power Networks Services

2:25

Big Data: Big headache or big opportunity?

Consumers willingly give up lots of personal data and insights. But, what gaps exist between what electric power providers can collect and what they can use as they make investment decisions and work to advance energy efficiency goals? And, how is Big Data being used to inform these investment decisions and work toward distributed generation alternatives?

Ian Davis

Ian Davis

Head of Information Security, Gemserv

2:45

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Scoping the future of the energy sector

  • How will the future of cities impact the energy sector?
  • What is the underlying smart grid technology and what was the reason behind smart metering and who will lead on the data?
  • How will the evolution of transport impact energy markets?
  • Where is the electric vehicles industry going? What is the best approach for developing smart charging services? What are the latest developments in batteries?
  • What is the role of digital technologies going forward? How can these be combined with renewables to help customers engage and make smarter decisions?
Laszlo Varro

Laszlo Varro

Chief Economist, International Energy Agency, France

3:15

PANEL DISCUSSION: An update on I-SEM (Integrated Single Electricity Market) and the Brexit implication

    This session will debate the need for more appropriate governance and accountability for the SEM committee arising on the back of Brexit.
Robin McCormick

Robin McCormick

Director, Operations, SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland)

Tanya Harrington

Tanya Harrington

Head of Government Affairs, Powerscourt

4:00

Q&A

4:15

Conference Close